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Crouch Center Lab 1043

ACCUPLACER Test (formerly COMPASS)

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Overview

The ACCUPLACER is an assessment test that assesses students' level of skill and readiness for collegiate courses. The ACCUPLACER is used as part of the admissions process to determine your level of college readiness in the areas of English, Reading, and Math. The test is computerized, multiple choice, and not timed. The test is not a pass or fail test. Depending on how you score, you may be required to take Learning Support courses to help better prepare you for college-level courses.

ACCUPLACER scores are valid for 5 years. You must schedule an appointment online to take the test.

Cost

The first initial test is free of charge. Students who take the ACCUPLACER test and feel their test results have placed them incorrectly, may challenge their initial placement score and retake the test or portions of the test. The college charges a $10 challenge fee for each test or $20 to challenge the entire test. Students are eligible to challenge the test twice.

Students Under 21 Years Old

Current ACT scores are considered an attempt for students under 21 years old.

Test Structure

The test presents one question with a set of answer choices. After choosing the answer, the test will immediately move to the next question. Once you have answered a question and moved on to the next question, you will not be able to go back and change your answer. The test is computer adaptive, the test administers questions based on how you are performing on each question. Students are required to use the embedded calculator for the math test. Student cannot use handheld calculators.

The number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER tests you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40 on each test.

The ACCUPLACER is graded on a scale of 20 – 120.

Testing Accommodations

Students requesting testing accommodations for the test must contact Disability Student Services before scheduling an appointment for the test.

Course Placement Scores

Writing / English

  • College Level English: 92 – 120
  • Learning Support English: 20 – 91

Math

  • College Level Math: 92 – 120
  • Learning Support Math: 20 – 91

Reading

  • College Level Reading: 85 – 120
  • Learning Support Reading: 20 – 84

ACCUPLACER Transcript Request

Please complete and return the ACCUPLACER request form.

Contact

For more information, please call 931-393-1763 or tcenter@mscc.edu.